Final Bust a Move to fund new After the Bell post-cancer retreat (ARTICLE)

February 11 / 2016

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Erin McCracken, Ottawa South News:

For cancer patients, the ringing of the bell marking the end to their treatments and the all-clear given by their oncologist is much more than just symbolic.

What comes next has inspired the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation to develop a brand new After the Bell retreat program to help cancer survivors adjust to life post-treatment.

“They’ve spent so many months and/or years in treatment that once they’ve rung the bell … they really have to navigate what that next step is going to be,” said Melissa Shabinsky, who is co-chairing Bust a Move Ottawa this year, a one-day fitness fundraiser that will help pay for the two-day retreat so that cancer survivors can enjoy it for free.

The foundation plans to develop it this coming summer, and tentatively launch it as a pilot program this fall or winter.

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